According to The Washington Post, President Barack Obama has chosen University of Michigan professor Robert Groves as director for the 2010 United States Census. While the jury is still out as to whether Groves is paid-up as far as his taxes are concerned, one thing we do know is that the professor is an outspoken advocate for statistical sampling, the act of counting people by making geographical, demographical and mathematical estimates.
Twelve days ago, in a piece entitled A Crucial Count, I wrote briefly about the importance of the census, the different approaches to taking the census and the constitutionality of each, as well as the role of voter fraud specialists ACORN in the upcoming census. I also wrote that, despite studies showing the pitfalls of statistical sampling, we should not expect the fight for statistical sampling to be over.
Seems I was right.